A domestic red-ball tournament, the Headley-Weekes series, is announced by Cricket West Indies

Antigua will host games in the Headley-Weekes series from April 18 to June 6

Cricket A new domestic red-ball tri-series called the Headley-Weekes series has been announced by the West Indies. It will take place at the conclusion of the four-day regional competition known as the West Indies Championship.

From April 18 to May 6 at Antigua’s Coolidge Cricket Ground, a total of three four-day matches will be contested in the series. The top players in the 2023 West Indies Championship and players outside the starting West Indies Test XI will be chosen to make up Team Headley and Team Weekes, which are named in honor of George Headley and Everton Weekes, respectively. The third team will come from the newly founded West Indies Academy.

On February 1st, 2023, the West Indies Championship is scheduled to start. The six regional franchise teams will compete in five rounds of four-day games. The first several rounds will be held in Grenada and Antigua from February 1 to February 11. 

The competition will then take a break before continuing on March 15. The last three rounds of the last leg will be played in Trinidad, and it will go until April 1.

Johnny Grave, CEO of CWI, said:

We are delighted to unveil the Headley-Weekes series, which is a new idea that will extend the four-day season, create more opportunities for our players to showcase their skills and will be a huge incentive for them to strive towards selection into our ‘A’ team, and ultimately our Test team. 

“As we continue to work to ensure that the upcoming generation of players is being groomed along the pathway to international cricket, it will also present our new West Indies Academy youngsters with some very competitive red-ball games”.

It will also provide some strong competitive red-ball cricket for our new West Indies Academy players as we continue to try to ensure that the next generation of players is being prepared along the pathway to international cricket”.

Whilst the West Indies Championship is once again going to be played on a one-round, five-match basis, with the plans we have for our ‘A’ team and Academy, to go on overseas tours after the Headley-Weekes series, we expect our best players in the region will still play at least ten four-day games in the first half of next year.”

From February 1 to February 11, Grenada and Antigua will host the competition’s opening two rounds. The remaining three rounds of the competition, which will take place in Trinidad, will subsequently be played after a break beginning on March 15.

West Indies Squad:  Kraigg Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Anderson Phillip, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Devon Thomas.